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What are the special features or strengths of the program?
Our paralegal program is American Bar Association approved, and is an Ohio Board of Regents Program of Excellence. It is designed to give students a broad background in many different areas of the law. The program was designated as a National Demonstration Program by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and serves as a model for paralegal programs across the nation.
Program courses are not just theory courses, but rather combined legal theory and
practical "how-to" techniques. Courses are taught by lawyers and judges who specialize
in the areas in which they teach. Students can gain greater specialization in many
areas through advanced specialty courses. Also, to give the graduate even more "hands-on"
knowledge of the field, each student completes an internship which consists of 180 hours of practical experience.
Students can choose to attend part-time or full-time. Classes are offered during the day and in the evening.
What particular strengths and academic backgrounds does the faculty possess?
The Program Director is an attorney and former paralegal with over twenty-five years of legal experience and over twenty years of experience in paralegal education. The rest of the faculty consists of licensed attorneys and judges. Each faculty member has been identified by his or her peers as an expert in the particular field in which they teach. Other community attorneys and judges offer their services as guest lecturers.
What are the program objectives?
Graduates of our programs are able to apply knowledge of the law and legal procedures
in rendering direct assistance to lawyers.
Graduates of the University of Toledo, ABA approved Paralegal Studies Program will:
- Develop organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills which will enhance the student’s ability to contribute to the graduate’s legal environment;
- Possess a broad understanding of legal concepts in a variety of substantive areas;
- Develop critical thinking skills and learn to express legal concepts clearly and briefly by adherence to the rudiments of successful legal writing: preciseness, conciseness, simplicity, and clarity;
- Be introduced to legal technology including trial software presentation and litigation support programs; and
- Be able to identify ethical issues relative to the practice of law.